Illustrations by Andrew spear
This week, as we all well know, the Republican National Convention comes to Tampa, bringing people from all over the country — and the people who cover those people — to an unfamiliar city filled with people unfamiliar with hosting such an event (well, if you don’t count Gasparilla). Let’s meet each other, shall we?
THE CONVENTION DELEGATE
Easily the happiest people you’ll meet at the convention, the delegates will be known to you by their patriotic attire and the abundance of political flair they’ll be wearing on their persons. They’re a mix of grassroots activists and people with great political connections. The job of the convention delegate is simple: They hold signs for the teevee cameras, for hours. Still, they pull this off with superhuman levels of enthusiasm, somehow. They will likely be exhausting to talk to.